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October 04, 2002 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-04

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Community

U-M Board Vice Chair, Opposed
To Raising Tuition, Seeks Re-Election

Editor's note: Nine candidates are vying
posed budget for the last eight years, I
for two eight year seats on the University of challenged administrative, support,
Michigan Board of Regents. Others are
infrastructure, maintenance and other
Andrew Richner of Grosse Pointe Park,
costs when they increased at a greater
Ismail Ahmed of Dearborn, William Hall
rate than inflation. In many respects, its
of Rockford, Susan Fawcett of
an attitudinal issue. If you
Petoskey Matt Petering of Ann
just say 'no,' smart people
Arbor, Rick Gualdoni of Flint,
will often figure out a better
Nick Waun of Lapeer and
way to get it done."
David Arndt of Ann Arbor.
Newman believes the uni-
versity can do more on the
Andrea Fischer Newman,
revenue side. "The state's
Northwest Airlines' senior vice
appropriation to the univer-
president for government
sity has continued to
affairs, is seeking re-election to
decline as a percentage of
the University of Michigan
total-revenue. We need to
Board of Regents. The Ann
fight hamlet- for our fair -
Arbor resident is now board
share."
vice chair. Previously, she
She championed the suc-
Andrea Fischer
served on the Oakland
cessful
effort to increase
Newman
University Board of Trustees.
endowment income.
Newman is a 1979 honors
On the legal controversy
graduate of U-M, and graduated in
surrounding the university admissions
1983 from the George Washington
policy, Newman said, "Regardless of the
University National Law Center in
legal outcome, the challenge for the uni-
Washington, D.C. President George W
versity will continue to be creating a stu-
Bush appointed her to the Federal
dent body that reflects the community it
Services Impasses Panel. She also serves
serves while maintaining academic stan-
on the boards of the Congressional
dards. The unequal quality of K-12 edu-
Economic Leadership Institute and the
cation presents the most difficult chal-
American Council of Young Political
lenge to achieving this balance.
Leaders. She is a vice president of the
"Students from substandard schools
Detroit Economic Club.
are disadvantaged, not because of a lack
Newman, seeking an eight-year term,
of intellectual capability, but because of
is the only regent to vote against the 7.9
the school's failure to properly prepare
percent in state tuition increase this year. them. Minority students are particularly
"I believe we can do more to control
affected. Until that problem is fixed, I
costs, while maintaining academic excel-
believe the university needs to maintain
lence," she said. "In reviewing every pro- flexibility in admissions."

NCJW Cites Terran Leemis

National Council of
recognized at NCJW's
Jewish Women, Greater
opening meeting
Detroit Section, will
Tuesday, Oct. 8, at
present the Hannah G.
Congregation Shaarey
Solomon Award to Terran
Zedek.
Leemis, life member, past
Under her care and
president and longtime
guidance, Orchards
active volunteer for many
Children's Services was
organizations within the
spun off from NCJW,
Detroit Jewish communi-
GDS, to become an
Ter
an
Leemis
independent agency.
ty.
The award, named in
She continues to serve at
honor of the founder of
both the local and
NCJW, is awarded to the recipi-
national level. Leemis was presi-
ent for outstanding service and
dent of Adat Shalom Synagogue
devotion to the mission state-
from 1998-2000 and continues
ment of NCJW. Leemis will be
to be active in the sisterhood.

Newman said the athletic tradition of
the university is important because "it
contributes materially to the entire edu-
cational experience — the richness of
student life, the admissions pool, the
campus social fabric and alumni finan-
cial support and interest. It is an essen-
tial part of the unique character of the
University of Michigan."
During her 12 years of service on the
university board, Newman has been
committed to making sure the new Life
Sciences Institute achieves its objectives
"to enhance our research capabilities and
attract the best and the brightest to
work here on the frontiers of science.
Calling it "an important initiative for
the entire state," Newman noted "the
partnership we have formed with
Michigan State University, the Van
Andel Institute and the Michigan
Economic Development Corporation to
develop a scientific and technological
research region in Michigan. This will
stimulate new business ventures and
help transform the state's investments in
research into economic growth."
Newman supported the recent move
by the university board to create a chair
and vice chair to streamline and focus
board processes. "The board had tradi-
tionally operated as a committee of the
whole, which often led to protracted
and duplicative deliberations, and com-
plicated the communication and coordi-
nation between the administration and
the regents," she said.
Newman grew up as a member of
Temple Beth El and was president of the
Young People's Society at the temple
from 1975-1976. She attended •
Birmingham Seaholm High School.
Newman's e-mail address is
afishc@umich.edu

Day Devoted
To Good Deeds

Itsa Mitzvah Day is scheduled for Sunday,
Oct. 6, at the Max M. Fisher Federation
Building, 6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield
Township.
The day will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a
free kosher lunch. Immediately following,
volunteers will go to various sites to assist
older adults, aid those with disabilities, work
at a food bank, do outdoor beautification or
help with other as-needed projects. Both
adults and children are encouraged to
respond. The day will end by 4 p.m.
Itsa Mitzvah Day is sponsored by the
Jewish Federation Women's Campaign and
Education Department. It is a program of
Federation's Volunteer Network.

AJCommittee
Honors Couple

Lisa and Hannan Lis

Lisa and Hannan Lis will receive the
American Jewish Committee's
Young Leadership Award, 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Oct. 24, at the
Farmington Hills home of Dr.
William Ross and Florine Mark
Ross. The tribute evening will
include a buffet dinner and program
featuring AJC's Eran Lerman.
Lisa serves on the board of the
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit and is a founding trustee of
the Jewish Women's Foundation.
She is a co-chair for the Women's
Task Force of the American
Technion Society. Hannan, a sabra,
served in the Israeli army. He is vice
president of the Jewish Community
Center of Metropolitan Detroit. He
was founding president of the
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces'
Michigan Chapter.
Dr. Eran Lerman, executive direc-
tor of AJC's Israel-Middle East
Office will speak. Honorary co-
chairs are Andrea and David Page,
Dr. William and Florine Mark Ross,
and Judge Helene White and Judge
Charles Levin. Tribute co-chairs are
Susan and Michael Curhan, Bunky
and Neal Elyakin, Fern and Brian
Kepes, Susie and Norman Pappas,
and Wendy and Nate Stone.
Advance reservations are required.
Tickets are $125 per guest. Proceeds
beyond the actual evening's costs are
tax-deductible donations to the
AJC. Proceeds will help underwrite
local metro Detroit chapter pro-
grams like the Ben Yehuda Israeli
Shopping Expo and the community
forum on current events in France.
For information on the Lis trib-
ute, call (248) 646-7686 or e-mail
Detroit@ajc.org

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